dual eq/az mounts

Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5i Dual Equatorial/Alt-Azimuth Mount - Wi-Fi Model - S30205

Sky-Watcher USA   ——   SKU: SKY-S30205
old price $2,450.00 CAD – 14% savings
$2,090.00 CAD
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Product Info

Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 Go-To Mount
with WiFi Control

  • Innovative German Equatorial/Alt-Az/dual-OTA mode
  • Control the AZ-EQ5i with your smartphone or tablet!
  • WiFi model includes WiFi adapter - download free SynScan app
  • Permanent periodic error correction (PPEC)
  • Belt drive – Super smooth PE curve; Low backlash, silent slewing
  • +/- 5 arcseconds native periodic error
  • Dual shutter release control for batch exposure astrophotography
  • Motor controller with high torque and accuracy
  • Includes two V-style saddles for mounting dual OTAs
  • Secure-fit power supply connections
  • Polar alignment with Optional-purchase polarscope
  • Dual Encoders
  • Counterweight extension bar included
  • Retractable counterweight bar

The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5i computerized Wi-Fi Mount has been designed for use by astronomers in a variety of applications. This Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5i is capable of aligning in either Alt-Az, Equatorial, or dual-OTA mode. Thanks to it’s flexibility, the AZ-EQ5i mount is perfect for anyone from the beginning astronomer looking to get into astrophotography to the seasoned astrophotography buff, and also for educators passionate about astronomy outreach.

This Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5i GoTo Mount is unlike any other telescope mount on the market, since it employs a patented Sky-Watcher dual-encoder motor system, Freedom-Find™, which allows users to move the mount manually without losing alignment. The AZ-EQ5i uses a proprietary slip clutch system that keeps your alignment whether you slew by hand or use your smartphone and the SynScan app to move the telescope. After moving to the new object (either done electronically or manually), the mount will begin tracking automatically.

The AZ-EQ5i Mount from Sky-Watcher USA does not include a hand controller (available optionally) but instead uses your smartphone or tablet, the included Wi-Fi Adapter and access to the FREE Skywatcher SynScan app to explore over 42,000 objects in the night sky at the touch of a button.  Choose where you want to go and the wifi enabled telescope will automatically slew to your chosen location.  

Sky-Watcher’s belt drive system has a few advantages over mounts using traditional stepper gearing.  Belt drive systems deliver nearly silent slewing and tracking, making for an evening free of obnoxious motor noises while delivering spot-on accuracy. Sky-Watcher’s belt drive also features minimal backlash, smoother tracking, and less periodic error than mounts using servo motors. For users looking to improve the accuracy of their tracking, the AZ-EQ5i also features built in Periodic Error Correction firmware, allowing users to fix periodic error in the field. Through the SynScan app, you can set up exposure length, number of frames taken and a ‘cool down’ period between each frame. Also, you can select from up to 8 different exposure combinations!

A polar finderscope is available as an optional purchase to assist with setting polar alignment. The AZ-EQ5i has a built in USB port for firmware updates. In addition to the WiFi adapter and the pier tripod, the AZ-EQ5i mount comes with two 7.5 lb counterweights and a counterweight extension bar, as well as an extra saddle for mounting a second scope for viewing in dual-OTA mode. The mount also includes two Canon EOS trigger cables for connecting your camera to the mount (Nikon and Sony cables available separate).

Please Note:  The only difference between this AZ-EQ5i mount model and the AZ-EQ5 (S30200), is the way in which you control mount.  This model (S30205) does NOT come with a hand controller (and is therefore less expensive).  Instead, you use your own smartphone or tablet loaded with the SynScan app (Apple and Android, free) to align your telescope and guide it across the night sky to a huge choice of celestial objects.  If you like, you can always add a hand controller later on, but we think you will like the graphics and interactive features that the app provides.


SKU S30205
UPC 810098970235
Mount Type Equatorial/AZ-EL
Go-To Yes
Payload Capacity 30 pounds
Mount Head Weight (lb) 16.9 lb
Tripod Weight (lb) 13.4 lb
Fully Assembled Weight (w/ weights) 43.8 lb
Tripod Leg Diameter 1.75"
Mounting Saddle Type V-type
Power Type 12 Volts DC
Clutch Slip type
Polar Scope Optional
Latitude Range (degrees) 0 - 90
Object Database 42,900+
Controller SynScan app using Wi-Fi adapter
WiFi Yes
Polar Align Assist Yes
Auto Guide Yes
Permanent Periodic Correction Yes
Pointing Accuracy 5 arcminutes, RMS
Dual Encoders Yes
DSLR Camera Interface Yes, Dual
Included Weights 7.5 lb (two weights)
Motor Type 1.8-degree hybrid Stepper
Drive System Belt

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